I’ve had an OR DSK2 for about three weeks now and things need to get a lot better. It is to heavy, it is too hot, you don’t like to move your head because it’s too heavy and it makes you sick. The resolution is horrible and there are way to many wires. There is a little bit of presence but I would say that it’s some where around 30% on the average. The 1994 reference is probably pretty accurate. Though I believe that this will scale faster than the vcr to the dvd. And probably just like the internet and television most of it will be crap but there will be some game changers. Of course there is the Dystopian view that you give all the people a headset and have them live in a 3 x 3 air conditioned cube with a rift attached to their face so they think they live at the Taj Mahal and are eating surf and turf each day while they assemble more Rifts.
The major areas that might have been left out here of the “future of VR” conversation is Porn and alternate reality experiences. I believe 3d porn is going to find a big audience among Rifters, especially with the cam crowd. The part of Alternate reality concepts that I like is being present when and where a historical event happened. Anything from being in the trenches in WWI to witnessing the Kennedy Assassination on the Grassy Knoll. To being there with Elizabeth Eckford on her first day of school. And if you really want to get crazy we can talk about doing the whole Jesus thing. Experiencing these events will give Presence an artificial time machine. Personally I think the phrase “Making the impossible possible” is the way to look at this whole VR new wave. Of course I could be completely wrong.